Kansas Governor Not Ready to Boost School Funding
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says he and many state lawmakers aren't ready to consider big increases in funding to public schools. Brownback says he first wants to be certain that enough of the money already spent on education is finding its way into the classroom. Lawmakers who expect to work on a new school funding law next year say they don't have a clear definition of what makes up classroom spending. Their uncertainty is likely to cloud discussions about how to distribute nearly $4.1 billion in annual funding to 286 school districts and how much to increase it. Brownback's critics see those arguments as an attempt to justify inadequate education funding. The State Department of Education says in the last school year, districts spent 61 percent of their operating budgets on instruction.